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MLB Has Free Agency Problem | MadBum’s Beef with the Opener

MLB Pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Madison Bumgarner

In this episode, something is amiss in MLB. How do you fix it? Then, they break down San Francisco Giants SP MadBum’s recent comments regarding the Opener.

In the season two premiere of the Welcome to THE SHOW podcast, Manny and L.A. try to figure out what’s happening in MLB. More than 100 free agents remain unsigned, among them Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, and Kyler Murray just chose to enter the NFL draft over fulfilling his commitment with the Oakland Athletics.

Are teams hurting themselves in the long run by not forking over the money?

Also, It was reported that Madison Bumgarner (aka “MadBum”) texted Bruce Bochy during the winter meetings his displeasure with Farhan Zaidi’s comments about the opener. “If you use an opener in my game, I’m walking out of the ballpark,” he’s reported to have said.

Is the opener changing MLB too much at this point?

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What You Need to Know

Let’s start with the good news, MLB & MLBPA have engaged in discussions. Both parties presented ideas to improve pace-of-play. Among those things that are on the table:

  1. Universal DH, though not until at least 2022, according to Manfred
  2. Pitch Clock
  3. Minimum 3 batters faced per RP among others

In even better news, players have officially reported to Spring Training. The first spring training game in less than a week away!

Finally, all-time great Frank Robinson passed away last week. The ROY, MVP, and World Series champion was the first African American manager in both leagues. Rest in peace to one an MLB all-time great, Frank Robinson.

Having grown up in Washington Heights, a small Dominican neighborhood just one mile away from Yankee Stadium, Manny is a life-long Yankees fan. He began pursuing his passion for writing about baseball in March 2018 when he co-founded a small baseball media company called Welcome to THE SHOW. Manny is also a contributor at Call to the Pen. Follow Manny on twitter @MannyGo3.

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